ChiCitySports Fantasy Review: Week 3 Fantasy Football Rankings

Every year we can expect injuries to hit the NFL, but at the pace they are coming in 2017, it’s hard not to be sent into a panic trying to figure out how to manage your team after only two weeks. Nevertheless, here we are at Week 3 with more names hitting the IR and some early-season waiver wire dandies starting to take control of the opportunities in front of them.

We are quickly approaching the real bye weeks (we see you Tampa and Miami), and aside from where all these rankings fall, make sure you pay attention to the bottom half of your charts. Good things come in threes, and with two solid weeks of waiver wire pickups already in the books, make the most of what’s to come in what should be a third straight week of decent options to fill out the end of your bench.


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Aaron Rodgers is going to benefit from a porous Cincinnati offense making mistakes, giving Green Bay a short field. He is a no brainer #1 overall at the position this week. Past that, there’s some intrigue with Cam Newton facing the ever forgiving New Orleans secondary which should provide him with as good of an opportunity as he’ll receive to bounce back from last week’s rough outing versus Buffalo.

Through the QB2 tier, Alex Smith and Trevor Siemian are still in that “prove it” category for me. They are bound to come back to Earth at some point and Week 3 could be the wall for both of them.

Rank Name Team Opp
1 Aaron Rodgers GB vs. CIN
2 Matt Ryan ATL at DET
3 Tom Brady NE vs. HOU
4 Derek Carr OAK at WAS
5 Cam Newton CAR vs. NO
6 Drew Brees NO at CAR
7 Matthew Stafford DET vs. ATL
8 Kirk Cousins WAS vs. OAK
9 Ben Roethlisberger PIT at CHI
10 Jameis Winston TB at MIN
11 Russell Wilson SEA at TEN
12 Philip Rivers LAC vs. KC
13 Carson Wentz PHI vs. NYG
14 Dak Prescott DAL at ARI
15 Marcus Mariota TEN vs. SEA
16 Alex Smith KC at LAC
17 Trevor Siemian DEN at BUF
18 Jay Cutler MIA at NYJ
19 Carson Palmer ARI vs. DAL
20 Sam Bradford MIN vs. TB
21 Andy Dalton CIN at GB
22 Jared Goff LAR at SF
23 Eli Manning NYG at PHI
24 Tyrod Taylor BUF vs. DEN
25 DeShone Kizer CLE at IND


Running Back

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Do you think Le’Veon Bell is panicking over not signing a long-term deal with the Steelers? He might start to if he can’t get going against Chicago this week. Thankfully for Pittsburgh, Soldier Field is as terribly kept as Heinz so he should feel right at home. As for the RB2 on this list, yes, that’s Kareem Hunt. On pace to hit the 2,000 yards from scrimmage mark this season, all aboard the bandwagon!

C.J. Anderson has been a workhorse through two weeks and it will be interesting to see if he holds up. He’s a solid play this week at Buffalo in DFL. Meanwhile coming in at RB24 is the reason why you pay attention to preseason football: Chris Carson. The writing was on the wall that he had the most to offer in the Seattle backfield and after 20 carries last week, he could easily find himself a top 15 option past this week if all goes well.

Lastly, keep an eye on Orleans Darkwa. This could be the week he overtakes Paul Perkins as the feature back.

Rank Name Team Opp
1 Le’Veon Bell PIT at CHI
2 Kareem Hunt KC at LAC
3 Jay Ajayi MIA at NYJ
4 Ezekiel Elliott DAL at ARI
5 Devonta Freeman ATL at DET
6 Todd Gurley LAR at SF
7 Melvin Gordon LAC vs. KC
8 Ty Montgomery GB vs. CIN
9 LeSean McCoy BUF vs. DEN
10 Marshawn Lynch OAK at WAS
11 C.J. Anderson DEN at BUF
12 Carlos Hyde SF vs. LAR
13 Leonard Fournette JAC vs. BAL
14 Christian McCaffrey CAR vs. NO
15 Dalvin Cook MIN vs. TB
16 Isaiah Crowell CLE at IND
17 Mike Gillislee NE vs. HOU
18 Tarik Cohen CHI vs. PIT
19 Lamar Miller HOU at NE
20 Ameer Abdullah DET vs. ATL
21 Javorius Allen BAL at JAC
22 Jonathan Stewart CAR vs. NO
23 Jacquizz Rodgers TB at MIN
24 Chris Carson SEA at TEN
25 Theo Riddick DET vs. ATL
26 Jordan Howard CHI vs. PIT
27 Terrance West BAL at JAC
28 James White NE vs. HOU
29 Mark Ingram NO at CAR
30 Tevin Coleman ATL at DET
31 Chris Thompson WAS vs. OAK
32 Derrick Henry TEN vs. SEA
33 Frank Gore IND vs. CLE
34 Duke Johnson CLE at IND
35 DeMarco Murray TEN vs. SEA
36 Joe Mixon CIN at GB
37 Chris Johnson ARI vs. DAL
38 Darren Sproles PHI vs. NYG
39 Matt Forte NYJ vs. MIA
40 Orleans Darkwa NYG at PHI
41 Samaje Perine WAS vs. OAK
42 Alvin Kamara NO at CAR
43 D’Onta Foreman HOU at NE
44 Bilal Powell NYJ vs. MIA
45 Giovani Bernard CIN at GB
46 Paul Perkins NYG at PHI
47 Rex Burkhead NE vs. HOU
48 Kerwynn Williams ARI vs. DAL
49 Robert Kelley WAS vs. OAK
50 Shane Vereen NYG at PHI


Wide Receiver

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If it wasn’t for the Bengals’ terrible offense to this point, A.J. Green would be an obvious top 3 option this week but until something changes, he needed to be knocked down a peg or two. Now that the rust is off, plan on Odell Beckham, Jr. to have a stronger week than his debut on Monday night — keeping in mind all concerns about that Giants offensive line.

J.J. Nelson has been a pleasant surprise thus far for the Cardinals, who will probably have to look to the passing game going up against a Dallas team who should come out with a chip on their shoulder following last week’s stomping against Denver.

If you’re looking for deeper plays who should get plenty of opportunities, look to Jermaine Kearse and Rashard Higgins who should both be rostered in all PPR leagues moving forward.

Rank Name Team Opp
1 Antonio Brown PIT at CHI
2 Julio Jones ATL at DET
3 Mike Evans TB at MIN
4 Odell Beckham Jr. NYG at PHI
5 Michael Thomas NO at CAR
6 A.J. Green CIN at GB
7 Michael Crabtree OAK at WAS
8 Keenan Allen LAC vs. KC
9 Amari Cooper OAK at WAS
10 DeAndre Hopkins HOU at NE
11 Brandin Cooks NE vs. HOU
12 Kelvin Benjamin CAR vs. NO
13 Tyreek Hill KC at LAC
14 Demaryius Thomas DEN at BUF
15 Doug Baldwin SEA at TEN
16 Dez Bryant DAL at ARI
17 Golden Tate DET vs. ATL
18 Davante Adams GB vs. CIN
19 Alshon Jeffery PHI vs. NYG
20 Larry Fitzgerald ARI vs. DAL
21 Jordy Nelson GB vs. CIN
22 Devante Parker MIA at NYJ
23 Stefon Diggs MIN vs. TB
24 Emmanuel Sanders DEN at BUF
25 Jarvis Landry MIA at NYJ
26 Martavis Bryant PIT at CHI
27 Terrelle Pryor WAS vs. OAK
28 T.Y. Hilton IND vs. CLE
29 J.J. Nelson ARI vs. DAL
30 Randall Cobb GB vs. CIN
31 Adam Thielen MIN vs. TB
32 Chris Hogan NE vs. HOU
33 Pierre Garcon SF vs. LAR
34 Jermaine Kearse NYJ vs. MIA
35 Sammy Watkins LAR at SF
36 Jamison Crowder WAS vs. OAK
37 Jeremy Maclin BAL at JAC
38 Rashard Higgins CLE at IND
39 DeSean Jackson TB at MIN
40 Tyrell Williams LAC vs. KC
41 Allen Hurns JAC vs. BAL
42 Cooper Kupp LAR at SF
43 Marqise Lee JAC vs. BAL
44 Marvin Jones DET vs. ATL
45 Ted Ginn NO at CAR
46 Mohamed Sanu ATL at DET
47 Kenny Golladay DET vs. ATL
48 Rishard Matthews TEN vs. SEA
49 Eric Decker TEN vs. SEA
50 Sterling Shepard NYG at PHI


Tight End

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Gronk with his first injury scare in Week 2. This is going to be a fun year. Regardless, looks like he will play this week against Houston which keeps him atop the rankings, but don’t be surprised if New England reels in his snap count.

Jack Doyle is back on the radar thanks to the play of Jacoby Brissett and now that Antonio Gates holds the all-time touchdown record for a tight end, look for the Chargers to give Hunter Henry more opportunities.

Towards the lower end, Ben Watson and Ed Dickson provide sneaky DFL plays this week.

Rank Name Team Opp
1 Rob Gronkowski NE vs. HOU
2 Travis Kelce KC at LAC
3 Zach Ertz PHI vs. NYG
4 Jordan Reed WAS vs. OAK
5 Kyle Rudolph MIN vs. TB
6 Delanie Walker TEN vs. SEA
7 Jason Witten DAL at ARI
8 Martellus Bennett GB vs. CIN
9 Eric Ebron DET vs. ATL
10 Jack Doyle IND vs. CLE
11 Hunter Henry LAC vs. KC
12 Coby Fleener NO at CAR
13 Evan Engram NYG at PHI
14 Jimmy Graham SEA at TEN
15 Jared Cook OAK at WAS
16 Charles Clay BUF vs. DEN
17 Tyler Eifert CIN at GB
18 Austin Hooper ATL at DET
19 Benjamin Watson BAL at JAC
20 Cameron Brate TB at MIN
21 Zach Miller CHI vs. PIT
22 Julius Thomas MIA at NYJ
23 David Njoku CLE at IND
24 Ed Dickson CAR vs. NO
25 Austin Seferian-Jenkins NYJ vs. MIA


Defense/Special Teams

Following a 6 point output last week, Buffalo now faces a dangerous Denver defense that should come up with multiple turnovers on the day. Past the Broncos, the rest of the top 5 options this week should be solid considering the performance of their opponents thus far during the 2017 season.

Tampa Bay intrigues me the most on this list, as they showed some promise to be a viable starting defense last week, but the question is how much of that was Mike Glennon? We’ll find out this week.

Rank Name Opp
1 Denver Broncos at BUF
2 Baltimore Ravens at JAC
3 Pittsburgh Steelers at CHI
4 Los Angeles Rams at SF
5 New England Patriots vs. HOU
6 Miami Dolphins at NYJ
7 Philadelphia Eagles vs. NYG
8 Seattle Seahawks at TEN
9 Jacksonville Jaguars vs. BAL
10 Green Bay Packers vs. CIN
11 Kansas City Chiefs at LAC
12 Minnesota Vikings vs. TB
13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MIN
14 Tennessee Titans vs. SEA
15 New York Giants at PHI
16 Arizona Cardinals vs. DAL
17 Cleveland Browns at IND
18 Oakland Raiders at WAS
19 Indianapolis Colts vs. CLE
20 Carolina Panthers vs. NO
21 Houston Texans at NE
22 Dallas Cowboys at ARI
23 Los Angeles Chargers vs. KC
24 San Francisco 49ers vs. LAR
25 Buffalo Bills vs. DEN

(Rankings based off .5 PPR projections)

Stephen Johnson

Host of ChiCitySports’ The Bear Front podcast, Stephen previously spent 8 years with ESPN Radio and as a TV reporter. He is an avid fantasy sports player and is a former Fantasy Football Expert for Chicago’s 670am The Score.

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